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Religious Practices: Piety: Overview
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Taqwā (from the Arabic rout w-q-y) is an important and complex concept in Islam. The term and its derivatives occur in the Qurʾān 251 times. Generally, taqwā means the kind of piety that originates in the awe of God. In the religious context, the radical meaning includes both the idea of fear of God and the self-protective action or behavior designed to prevent God's wrath and punishment. Taqwā is to be distinguished from birr , another Qurʾānic term often translated as “piety,” which implies righteousness, genuine belief, and righteous behavior, in the sense of fait…

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Tolmacheva, Marina A., “Religious Practices: Piety: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0613>
First published online: 2009

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